After my last IVF cycle, I never sat down with my doctor and had a WTF discussion. No recap, no lessons learned discussed. No, I was focused on moving on to the next cycle and just took his plan for what it was...pulling out the micro-dose flare protocol (aka the big guns).
I was fine with this until tonight when I read Dr. Licciardi's blog about hCG. Then my mind started whirling. Essentially last time my estrodial number did not match up with the follicle sizes. (Should be 200 units per @15-18 mm egg) We went ahead because we thought that the follicle sizes were prevailing. When they got in there to aspirate the eggs, most of the follicles were "empty." That's why we got three eggs, two mature, one fertilized and transfered.
So I went to dr.google to find out what the hell "empty" follicles meant. I didn't find much information other than perhaps this happened because the hCG didn't work in the final maturation of the eggs. This had happened to someone else on one of the message boards, and she had good success in her next round.
Tonight I was reading Dr. L's blog and started wondering about the correlation between follicle size and estrogen level because he said the low levels were not considered as opposed to how they are used with OHSS-hyper stimulation. But I thought...what? I'm confused. (Have I confused you yet?
I should ask more questions. But, I've tried so hard to keep most of my feelings on lock-down so I'm not some crazy patient. Now I feel like I've been stupid for doing this. Hence, now the panic is setting in. I know this is irrational because I've had the last month to ask questions and now I'm panicking the night before my first scan?
I went ahead and sent an email to my doctor, who I'm sure will be happy to discuss this with me tomorrow. Until then...deep breaths.